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Report: Hammers remain interested in Czech right back

West Ham are interested in the Slavia Prague right-back Vladimir Coufal after confirming that Ryan Fredericks will be out until after the international break with a hamstring injury according to Jacob Steinberg in the Guardian.

The Daily Mail adds that West Ham are discussing a possible £4million deal for Slavia Prague right back Vladimir Coufal.

The 28-year-old Czech Republic international and former team-mate of West Ham’s Tomas Soucek was part of the Czech side that beat England 2-1 last October in the European Championship qualifiers.

Coufal has had a couple of seasons at Slavia Prague and has thus won two successive league titles.

Moyes will clearly have received recommendations from Soucek on Couval ahead of making a possible move and at the price, it seems reasonable that could happen.

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The Hammers now have a good relationship with the Czech league club as a result of the Soucek deal and that would ease negotiations.

Couval is said to be keen on joining his former teammate at the London Stadium where he could advance his international career by joining a Premier League club alongside a player who knows his game well.

Coufal initially joined Slavia Prague on a three-year contract in the Summe of 2018 for an estimated fee of €700,000.

Couval did extend his contract for another four years in August this year until 2024 but Slavia Prague would be prepared to do a deal if the price was right for both parties.

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19 comments on “Report: Hammers remain interested in Czech right back

  1. Could someone provide us with a list of European defenders that we haven’t, allegedly, shown an interest in. It shouldn’t take very long.

  2. Loan deal i hear.What is this obsession with loans.Its 4 million( and Fredericks is injured) to buy him and Gold has got nearly a quarter of that from selling the old FA cup.These 2 want to be buried with their wealth it strikes me, and its about time someone told them you cannot take it with you.

    • Loan with option to buy makes a lot of sense I think. Gives you a chance to look at the player in the premier league first.

      • It’s the fact that 4 million is peanuts in the premiership transfer meŕry go round and whilst they are dithering the days tick away.Looks like we missed out on Fofana because of the payment plan was so weak compared with Leicester.Its the way our owners operate that irks the fans so much.

        • Yeah can’t argue with that mate. Just meant in general really for players that have never played in English football it’s not a bad way to bring players in.

          Agree with Fofana, if that reports true then offering 4m up front seems ridiculous!

      • Regarding Fofana, do fans honestly think he would have chosen us over Leicester anyway? I honestly don’t think we need mercenaries who are coming to us for money, the youngsters in the U23’s can step up. Although he made mistakes in the early days, it didn’t do Rice any harm

        • Agree completely. Why keep academy players if we have no intention of playing them? Waste of money. If they have potential, give them a run.

  3. The problem with this is that we are allegedly interested in so many defenders and still no real progress. There’s no claims a bid has been submitted . If DM thinks a player is going to improve us than the board should just go for it. Why have we waited with six days left of the window to do any business . I am actually proud of our performance against Wolves and every player deserves credit for that performance. So I’m not suggesting we change the whole team but if we can get 2 defenders in who will help with the team just do it and stop wasting time.

  4. We have missed out on that Fofana who has so much potential and sell on value, all because of the embarrassing way we wanted to pay them ..if you wonder why we are struggling to buy anyone just look at this transfer,,Leicester have just come to an agreement with them for around the same sort of money ..over 6 Years we wanted to pay them , ridiculous and embarrassing…this lad could be the real deal in a few years ..he is very good now and will get better imo.

  5. Get on and sign the guy, and stop trying to always take the p*iss. Why do we always low ball everyone, and try and get players on the cheap? In life, you usually get what you pay for.

  6. Just read on sky sports that we offered 33m for Wesley Fofana but only 4m up front which is why our offer was rejected and Leicester’s has been accepted.

    • Think he may have gone there no matter what, Who would pick us at the moment. Leicester are constantly challenging in all competitions. Challenging for European football every season. Seem to have good financial backing and good support.

  7. If you look at most premier league clubs in this transfer window they are also looking for defenders so can understand why it appears nothing is happening. Suspect it will all be last minute and who blinks first!

  8. Meanwhile, Leicester City snap up Wesley Fofana at £30m.

    • It’s the fact that 4 million is peanuts in the premiership transfer meŕry go round and whilst they are dithering the days tick away.Looks like we missed out on Fofana because of the payment plan was so weak compared with Leicester.Its the way our owners operate that irks the fans so much.

  9. How much did other EPL teams offer for Soucek? Yet he is gold. Competing for players drives their supposed value up. Fofana worth £30 million? Seriously?

  10. The problem is that often we depend on the half truths that get put out there – Moyes has said that he wants an experienced central defender – I am not sure if 19 year old Fofana fits the bill – also we shouldnt forget that Leicester have 50 million from the sale of Chilwell and they too were priced out of Tarkowski

    Fofana might be great in the future but might not be what we need right now

    Well not much longer to wait – let us see who we do manage to get (if anyone)

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